We feel that the primary focus of lighting is to create
a sense of welcome for the homeowners and their guests,
while subtly highlighting the architectural elements,
artworks and plantings. Great design occurs when all the
people involved are working together and are energized
by the exchange of ideas.
In residences, we provide flexible
levels of light for the various areas inside the house.
We know that having an adequate amount of gentle ambient
illumination helps to humanize a space. We want people to
feel instantly comfortable, as if the rooms were being
filled with the light of a glowing fire.
When considering accent lighting, we recommend a limited
number of very discrete, recessed adjustable fixtures in
order to highlight art, plants and tabletops. In
projects where recessed fixtures are not possible,
we can recommend very low profile surface mounted
systems. Accent lighting adds depth and dimension to a
space, offering a little drama without visually
overpowering the people in the room. The fixtures we
usually specify have small apertures in which the bulbs are
covered with a louver, making them free from glare.
It is important for kitchens, baths, and other
frequently used rooms to have task and ambient lighting
that is well placed, architecturally integrated, and
unobtrusive. It also helps to have controls (switching
and dimming) that are easy to operate and tamper
resistant. People should not feel overwhelmed by a
complicated control system.